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Sigmund Freud

Freud’s View of Religion

Freud believed, more so towards the end of his life, that there is a truth in religion: not the “material truth”, or the truth of the believers, but the “historical truth”, the truth that “exists” in the unconscious as a...

/ February 9, 2016

Transference in Freud and Lacan

What is “transference”? “Transference” is a psychoanalytic term that refers to something that is very common in daily life: People displace unresolved conflicts, dependencies, and aggressions onto others (e.g. substituting a lover, spouse, etc. for one’s parent) for reasons that...

/ November 17, 2014

Theology in Freud and Lacan

Freud is an atheist; God does not exist for him. For Freud and Lacan, the hypothesis of God’s existence contradicts the principles and results of modern science. The task of psychoanalysis is to explain not only the existence and the...

/ February 9, 2014

Freud: Butcher’s Wife dream. 1900

This dream from Freud’s of “Interpretation of Dreams,” 1900, is often used to demonstrate the structure of hysteria. It can be found in Chapter 4, “Distortion in Dreams.” You are always saying that a dream is a wish fulfilled,” begins...

/ November 24, 2013

Freud: The Dream Mechanism. 1921

This is Chapter II of Sigmund Freud (1856–1939): “Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners.” 1921. THE DREAM MECHANISM We are compelled to assume that such transformation of scene has also taken place in intricate dreams, though we do not know whether...

/ November 15, 2013

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud has been one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. His work is complex, and it is fair to say that he did not so much develop a theory, but rather he opened a whole field...

/ September 22, 2011

Why War?

Why War? The correspondence between Einstein and Freud in 1931 and 1932. from Einstein on Peace ed. Otto Nathan and Heinz Norden (New York: Schocken Books, 1960), pp186-203 Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud on the question of war: The Einstein-Freud...

/ September 19, 2011